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Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - East Bay

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters

Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. Through a reading of the Babylonian Talmud tractate Ta’anit (on fasts in response to drought) we will discuss how the Talmud challenges Deuteronomy’s claim that virtue can assure abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous sign of divine rebuke.

Students must purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or PDF.

While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join. If you are new to the study of Talmud, we recommend that you participate in our A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar introductory session. Sunday September 16, 10:00 at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This program is free, however, please register in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

If you have questions, please contact Abra Greenspan at abra@lehrhaus.org.

Schedule

# Sessions
9
Date & time

Sundays, October 14, November 11, December 2, January 27, February 24, March 17, April 14, May 19, June 2
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location
Tuition
$270 (100%)
$225 (80%)
$180 (60%)

Please select one of the pricing options above.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 14 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Nov 11 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Dec 02 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Jan 27 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Feb 24 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Mar 17 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Apr 14 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
May 19 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Jun 02 10:00 AM–12:30 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Siyyum

Locations

JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-848-0237

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

415-567-3327

The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.

Instructors

Rabbi Dorothy Richman

Rabbi Dorothy Richman Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and as the Shamash Resident at the JCC East Bay. She teaches Torah and prayer widely in the Bay Area and her rabbinate has been deeply influenced by years of service with AJWS and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Dorothy recently released an album of original songs, Something of Mine, largely based on texts from the Jewish tradition.